tom hardy venom

Tom Hardy has faced the hurdles of acting with masks covering his face and his eyes for many of his most famous roles — so motion-capture technology should be a piece of cake.

It’s not much of a surprise that Hardy will be portraying the alien symbiote in Venom in a mo-cap suit, considering the character’s shape-shifting abilities. It is a bit of a surprise that we would get confirmation of this through Andy Serkis‘ mouth, however.

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Venom set photo

Sony has released the first set photo for Venom, the Spidey-less Spider-Man spin-off film that will reportedly kick off a whole new cinematic universe.

But star Tom Hardy is all smiles in the simple set photo, which marks the start of production for the Sony superhero film.

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hellboy cast

While superhero movie casting news can be flooded with Marvel and DC, let’s not forget the heroes fighting crime on the fringe.

Lionsgate’s Hellboy and Sony’s Venom continue fleshing out their impressive cast lists, with the former casting three key roles, and the latter keeping their newest cast member in a haze of mystery. Both movies are expected to be released in 2018.

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Venom movie

On paper, a Venom movie that doesn’t feature Spider-Man and doesn’t have any oversight from the people at Marvel Studios seems like an awful idea, something brazenly devised by the folks at Sony to draft off the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the excellent casting – which so far includes Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, and Veep star Reid Scott – has made me raise an eyebrow and be more willing to give this film the benefit of the doubt.

Now we’re starting to hear some rumors about the film’s plot: mainly that it may be an adaptation of Venom: Lethal Protector, a six-issue limited comic series that first turned Venom from a villain into an anti-hero.
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Reid Scott venom

The unexpected Venom casting keeps on keeping on with yet another surprise name thrown into the mix: Veep‘s Reid Scott. Scott joins an already impressive and still growing cast centered around Tom Hardy playing one of Spider-Man’s main antagonists.

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Sony teamed up with Marvel Studios to allow Spider-Man to swing over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t mean that Sony is content to give up their entire piece of the superhero pie. They still own the rights to dozens of characters in the Spider-Man pantheon, and they’re crafting their own separate universe with films like Silver and Black that will try to stand on their own without the web-slinger getting involved. Good luck with that, right?

But while that sounds like a misguided idea, I must admit that they’re making some interesting choices so far. First up for them is a Venom solo film, which has slowly gathered an unexpectedly terrific cast. Tom Hardy is playing the title character, and now the latest addition to this cast might make you raise an eyebrow: Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) is now in talks for a Venom role.
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Venom Michelle Williams

In an intriguing bit of casting, Michelle Williams is in talks to play the female lead in Venom, which stars Tom Hardy as the Spider-Man supervillain-turned-antihero.

That would pit an Oscar-nominated actress against an Oscar-nominated actor in a superhero movie intended to launch a Sony-centric Marvel universe without their mainstay hero, Spider-Man, showing up at all. This could be more of an interesting hot mess than it initially appeared.

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